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I need to replace a front left axle on my 2005 escape. I heard from the manager at mechanic's office, that it is preferable to purchase original "Motorcraft", versus generics which tend to "eat" transmissions (especially like mine one, which was re-manufactured by this company 2 years ago. There is a huge price difference between axle from Autoparts (about $70 online and about 280 through my mechanic company) and one from the Ford dealership about $530. I'm looking for advises, which way should I go.
Thanks in advance
Last edited by ttadevosyan; 05-11-2011 at 09:35 PM.
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A reputable manufacturer will not sell axles that eat the transmission. They would not stay in business very long. Cardone has been around for a while. They also guarantee their re-manufactured axles and steering gear for life to the wholesaler. If the retailer passes on the warranty, the product has a lifetime replacement guarantee.
You can buy new, from the OEM, and have the peace of mind that it is new. Or you can buy from a re-man that has been around, and have the peace of mind that they stand behind their product. In the case of Cardone, the retailer decides price based on whether or not they will undertake the expense of handling returns of defective equipment. If they do not have to handle warranty returns and ordering, they can sell for less.
I do not work for them, but had a rack & pinion steering that developed an intermittent leak after 24k miles. They explained their warranty, and said it was up to the retailer as to whether or not it would be honored.
I put a re-man axle in my car with an AXOD transmission close to 80 thousand miles ago and have had no problems with it.
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